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LIVING HELL

Houston Chronicle

How failures of oversight at every level of government creates a public housing system fails those who need it most.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT TYLER?

ProPublica

Tyler Haire was locked up at 16. A Mississippi judge ordered that he undergo a mental exam. What happened next is a statewide scandal.

SPIRIT OF FEAR

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

For decades, women and children have faced rampant sexual abuse while worshiping at independent fundamental Baptist churches around the country. The network of churches and schools has often covered up the crimes and helped relocate the offenders.

COVID-19 KILLED THEIR LOVED ONES. WAS IT THEIR FAULT?

Houston Chronicle

Among the coronavirus’ unique cruelties are the questions it creates for its survivors. People are left to wonder if they passed a virus that killed their own friends and family, and how they can live with themselves if they did.

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FROM HOMELESS TO HOUSED

Houston Chronicle

Shari Wilson stared down the coffees stacked on the shelves in Randall’s and wondered how anyone could possibly deal with so many options. This was Wilson’s third trip to the grocery store since getting into temporary supportive housing with Catholic Charities in December.

DAPHNE'S SON

Houston Chronicle

Daphne was in Iraq when her son was murdered. She thinks: She should have been home that night. She thinks: If she had been home, she might be dead, too. Almost worse is dealing with the fallout — regret, anger, sorrow, guilt — that’s ripped up her entire family.

TICKETS: $1,000. PARKING LOT RUN BY THE HOMELESS: $5.

Houston Chronicle

As Astros fans shelled out nearly $1,000 just for a seat at the World Series, a homeless man named Tony Smith parked their cars for $5 an hour before heading back under the U.S. 59 overpass to sleep in his tent.

THE HOUSING OF LAST RESORT IN A PANDEMIC

Houston Chronicle

Coronavirus has disrupted the lives and finances of people all over the world, but it has put those who were once able to survive paycheck-to-paycheck on the edge of homelessness. And the InTown tenants don’t know what happens if they can’t come up with rent.